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April 26, 2007

Grammar – 33 What’s wrong with these sentences?

Filed under: Language — Rajesh @ 9:11 pm

I found the following sentences in a rediff.com article. I think the website invited readers to submit sentences with bloopers. So, take this quiz. Here is a clue. All these sentences are wrong, that is, have at least one error in them. Happy hunting!

1.      “It was a blunder mistake.”

2.      “It would have been more better.”

3.      “Why don’t he get married?”

4.      “Close the doors of the windows.”

5.      “If you itself say like this, where will I go?”

6.      “I want two Xeroxes of this card.”

7.      “Your hairs are looking silky today.”

8.      “Í don’t want to loose you.”

9.      “One of my friend lives in Kolkata.”

10.  “I didn’t cried when I saw the movie.”

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6 Comments »

  1. Hi ma’am,

    Its been a while! Thought I’d give this a try…..

    1. “It was a blunder.”

    2. “It would have been better.”

    3. “Why doesn’t he get married?”

    4. “Close the windows.”

    5. “If even you say this, where will I go?”

    6. “I want two photocopies of this card.”

    7. “Your hair looks silky today.”

    8. “Í don’t want to lose you.”

    9. “One of my friends lives in Kolkata.”

    10. “I didn’t cry when I saw the movie.”

    Regards,

    Uthra

    Comment by Uthra — May 1, 2007 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Uthra, great to see you here. Did these sentences ring very familiar to you? I’m beginning to think one sure way to teach English is to collect the sentences floating around in the office and write a glossary with corrections and explanations. Will help a lot of innocents! Answers are on the dot, except in sentence 5, I would have just dropped the “itself”. These are speeches and stressing “you” would suffice, I guess. But yours is fine, too.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 1, 2007 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  3. Hi ma’am, 1.The word blunder and mistake cannot appear in the same line.It should be,”It was a mistake.” or “It was a blunder.” 2.More and better are both comparitive degrees and so both of them cannoy be used together.Also more cannot be used in this sentence.”It could have been better.” is the answer. 3.Why doesn’t he get married. 4.close the windows.

    Comment by Srinidhi — May 4, 2007 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  4. 5.If you yourself say this,where will I go. 6.I want two photocopies of this card. 7.Your hair looks silky today. 8.I don’t want to lose you. 9.One of my friends lives in kolkata. 10.I never cried when I saw the movie. [or] I didn’t cry when I saw the movie.

    Comment by Srinidhi — May 4, 2007 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  5. Ma’am, sad to say yhat so many of them use xerox istead of the word photocopy.Xerox is just the name of a company dealing with photocopy machines.

    Comment by Srinidhi — May 4, 2007 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Srinidhi, for 5, if you are speaking these words – it is a speech – you don’t need the “yourself” at all. For 10, “I didn’t cry” is more appropriate. The emphasis is not on time it is plain denial. And you are so right about the word “xerox”.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 4, 2007 @ 8:52 pm | Reply


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